OK. Sometimes the icons stay there.....ICQ will turn red when it is not running. Sometimes the option you need will be Exit, or Close Start Center. Real Audio and Real Juke offer Close Start Center. I assume you do know how to remove your wallpaper and screen saver? Those are in My Computer/control panel. My monitor has a little icon on the right that looks like a monitor. If I rt click on it, it asks if I want to change display properties. Do that and then:
You should have a choice of tabs at the top marked Background, Screen Saver.....etc. Choose None for both of those........then try your de frag.